Nope. Not it, not even a little bit.
Insisting on honoring the diet mandated by your beliefs is not weak, it's not fragile, it's not brittle. Refusing to compromise your beliefs under pressure is not being a "snowflake".
Arizona Man is abhorrent. He's a bad person. He committed sedition, and he should face consequences for that. I suspect that he's the worst kind of cultural appropriator, and that he's weaponizing his colonialist "beliefs", and we should absolutely *raze* him for that.
What we should NOT do is throw Jews who keep kosher, Muslims who keep halal, Hindus and Sikhs who are vegetarian under the bus. People have a right to eat according to their beliefs, even when incarcerated, even when they are bad people.
Further detail:
It seems like he is claiming either religious or health reasons for needing to eat organic food.
Is that bullshit? Maybe. Personally, I think it probably is. But I also think it's not up to us to make that call, just like it isn't up to anyone else to decide that me not reading pork isn't valid because I'm not Orthodox.
There are plenty of things we can insult him over, *including* being a colonialist appropriator of Native culture and iconography, but I'm never going to be okay with insulting someone for insisting on being allowed to follow their dietary restrictions.

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